5 types of travel insurance

Category: Travel

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When it comes to choosing the best travel insurance policy, going over the different options can be overwhelming. There are various factors to take into consideration, such as how often you travel, your age and health, how long you’ll be gone and where you’re going, and so on. Although there are many different types of travel insurance policies, some of the following are common options to consider:

Worldwide travel insurance

Although getting a policy that just covers a specific destination or region may be less expensive, a worldwide travel insurance policy can be a good option if you’re contemplating several different regions throughout the world in the same year. The avid traveler can benefit from this type of policy because healthcare costs tend to vary greatly from one country to the next.

Single-trip travel insurance

A single-trip policy can offer protection for an individual, couple, or entire family. As the name suggests, it will only offer protection for that one trip. But if you rarely travel, purchasing travel insurance this way may be the best option.

Yearly multi-trip travel insurance

With yearly multi-trip travel insurance, you will be insured for multiple trips, and is often a good option for those who travel at least two times a year. The total amount of trips in which you will be insured for will depend on the exact policy you purchase, but some policies don’t have restrictions when it comes to this type of travel insurance. The coverage will usually be in effect for one year, but there may be limitations on how long a single vacation may be—for example, a common restriction would be 90 days.

Backpacker’s insurance

Backpackers and students on a gap year journey commonly travel for long periods of time—sometimes between 6 and 18 months. The traveler’s age and trip duration are just some of the many factors taken into consideration when it comes to a backpacker’s insurance policy. You’ll also want to make sure that all of the countries you’re visiting are included in the plan your purchase; some plans will exclude coverage for policyholders when they’re visiting certain countries. Although this type of policy may have some restrictions, there are some benefits that traditional policies don’t normally cover. Ask an insurance agent or your current insurance carrier for details.

Winter sports travel insurance

Do you have a winter trip booked that will include popular winter activities, such as snowboarding, snowmobiling, or skiing? Because these types of activities can be somewhat risky, you may not be covered through a traditional policy if you’re injured and need medical treatment. Before you go on your trip, you may want to consider investing in winter sports travel insurance, which would insure against such accidents.

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Nothing above is meant to provide financial, legal, or tax advice. You should meet with appropriate professionals for such services.

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